Spring, 2002 Kate Liu
 
 
ELearn
 
Date
Theoretic Topics and  Texts
Assignments
1. Reading for Form & Content: New Criticism (databank;links)
 
1. 2/28  Holiday
2. 3/7 Introduction: 
  • New Criticism: Form and Content
  • General Introduction: Text and Context
examples: 19th-c Poems on Death and Separation

"Convergence of the Twain" 
& "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall"
3. 3/14 1. asynchronous; 2. narrative
Textbook: Chap 1: "New Criticism": Assumptions; Methodology
Summary Quiz 1 Use IE
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2. Reading for Form: Structuralism and Semiotics  (databank; links)
 
4. 3/21
  • structuralism--basic concepts
  • examples: "Cube Man Cube" (Holland,Gerrit van Dijk) 
    1. new_crit_q&a; 2.structuralism 1
    Textbook: Chap 2.Structuralism: Saussure 
    "The Lesson"
    5. 3/28 examples:  "The Lesson"
    Textbook: Chap 3. Structuralist 
    Narratology -- Propp and Greimas
    "The Purloined Letter"
    6. 4/4
    • Holiday
    7. 4/11
    Textbook: chap 4-1: Roland Barthes
    "The Map"; "Sestina" 

    8. 4/18
    • semiotics and "The Myth Today"
    • "One Art"; "Sestina" and an ad
    1. three poems; 2. semiotics
    M Butterfly Act I
    Textbook pp. 75 V Daffodils poems
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    3. Fragmentation and Capitalism:
    Postmodernism & Poststructuralism (databank)
     
    9. 4/25
    (mid-term)
    Summary Quiz 2 Use IE; paper 1 due
    • Postmodernism 1: Metafiction: Challeging author-ity, and the boundaries between fiction and reality. 2. parody and pastiche
    examples: M Butterfly &  "Animando" the Daffodil poems, "The Hong Kong Prayer"; Moulin Rouge, etc

    M Butterfly
    Postmodernism lecture 1
    the groups'  texts
    10. 5/2
  • Postmodernism 2: Frederic Jameson;  multinational capitalism
  • M Butterfly: Role play
  •  group 1
  • 1 Moulin Rouge; 2 M. Butterfly2
    Postmodernism lecture  2.
    Ref. Textbook: chap 7: Jameson's article on Postmodern culture
    12. 5/9
    • M Butterfly: Orientalism
    • group 2
    M. Butterfly: 
    1. Orientalism; 2. poststructuralist approaches 
    Poems by Hsia-Yu; lecture on Deconstruction
    13. 5/16
    • From Structuralism to Poststructuralism: Binary Opposition and Deconstruction

    "The Blind Man" (D. H. Lawrence); review Ref. Textbook: chap 6: Deconstruction; 

    14. 5/23
    • Deconstruction  example:"The Purloined Letter"
    • group 3: "The Blind Man"
    1. "The Blind Man" 2. Lawrence. 3. ps: Conclusion
    excerpts from Robinson Crusoe & Jane Eyre
    The groups'  texts
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    4. Race and Postcolonialism  (databank)
     
    15. 5/30 Summary Quiz 2; group 4; paper 2 due
    • Colonialism 
    1. Achebe 1, 2; 2. postcolonialism 1
    "Good Advice is Rarer than Ruby" Salman Rushdie; 
    "My Man Bovanne"  Toni Cade Bambara
    "Columbus in Chains" Jamaica Kincaid
    16. 6/6
    • possibilities of de-colonization
    • example: Rushdie, Bambara and Kincaid
    • group 5
    1. de-colonization
    2. "Columbus in Chain"; 3. Cultural identities
    Textbook:chap 8: postcolonialism
    "Fishbone" (e)
    17. 6/13
    • Language and National Identity
    • Taiwan: a colonial, postcolonial and/or postmodern society?
    • example: some Taiwanese songs
    • Group 6 (e)
    1.  (e); 2. National Identity
    Ref. Textbook:chap 9: 
    "English, National Identity and Cultural Heritage."
    17. 6/20